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Finding a location for a photo shoot can be the most difficult decision after deciding to do a shoot. I personally have some stock locations where I shoot, but I would really love for some new pretty locations. That’s why I really like it when my clients have a particular place in mind that’s different from what I’m used to.
Once you find your location, that will help you make some of the other decisions you will need to make. Here are a some questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
What kind of theme do I want?
If a particular building or natural backdrop works with your theme, look around your area for spots that fit that theme. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, drive around your area for inspiration. It is easy to overlook beautiful spots that you drive by every day and don’t look at it. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too.
Are you allowed to take pictures there?
Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. That means do not go to private land unless you have permission. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to ask first.
Is it accessible?
Not all outdoor locations may be available all year round. Some places may be too difficult to get to. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but don’t put yourself in harm’s way.
How do you get to your location?
Here are some questions to ask: Will it be easy to walk to the session location? Are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup at that location before the shoot? Is there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it?
Will the photo session be in a public place?
If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location
Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.